Hard To Fight (Alpha’s Heart #1) by Bella JewelHard To Fight by Bella Jewel
Published August 2015
Series: Alpha's Heart #1
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Format: eARC

Note: I was granted an advanced reader's copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my rating or the content of my review.

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Grace is a bounty hunter who wants to be taken seriously, but her boss refuses to believe that a woman can bring down a dangerous criminal. She finally gets a chance to prove herself when she's given the case of a lifetime: capture Raide Knox and bring him to justice.

Raide is a dangerous fugitive on the run...and the sexiest man Grace has ever met. Catching Raide won't be easy. He's not the kind of man to go down without a fight. Raide is more intense and frustrating than any man she's ever had to deal with, and the instantaneous attraction that sparks between them is undeniable. One thing is for sure...it's going to be a case they will never forget.

Gracie is a bounty hunter and after years of working on small cases, she finally gets the one big case that could be a big breakthrough for her. Except the guy she’s looking after, Raide Knox, is huge – and even though she is a powerhouse herself, she’ll never be able to bring him in.

Desperate times call for desperate measures, so she decides to use her charm and her body to lure Raide into her web and turn him in. However, she did not expect Raide to be such a looker, nor did she expect that she would second-guess why she is doing this job in the first place – because Raide is on trial for murder.

What I loved about this book:

  • Nothing, sorry. Well apart from 1 side character (Vance)

What I felt needed improvement:

  • The naive main character
  • The plot

DNF at 40%

I was granted this book as an unsolicited ARC via Netgalley, and since the description sounded enticing, I thought I would just give this a go. But it turns out that this book wasn’t for me at all. I wanted to DNF at around 20-25% already but read on since it was an ARC, yet it did nothing to make the book any more interesting to me. Both the storyline and the main character killed it.

“Some of the best killers are the ones you least suspect. I just have a feeling that there’s more to Raide’s story than meets the eye.”

I was extremely disappointed at how weak Gracie was: she definitely wasn’t the strong heroine she wanted to be. She desperately wants to be a great bounty hunter to honor her father and prove it to her friends and colleagues, but in the end she really, really screws everything up. It starts with how stupidly she deals with a super simple case (“Don’t make this hard on me, I just got my nails done.”) and ends with her massive screw up around the Raide-case, which could have been a breakthrough for her if she had managed to keep it in her pants. And even before she had her pants down, she was a lousy bounty hunter.

But no, she literally has no more than four 5-minute conversations with him (which are about nothing more than flirting) and just from that – and of course a night of hot sex – she is convinced that he’s innocent. But again, as a reader, I did not get that vibe from Raide since apart from finding out how hot is is, I got literally nothing on his personality.

“I shouldn’t be feeling sorry for a man who is possibly a murderer. Who am I kidding? I know he’s not a damn murderer. I don’t know how I know this, but I just do.”

There’s this whole insta-love/insta-lust which takes all the plausibility out of the story, and it is very difficult to understand how Gracie can be so smitten with Raide when all she knows is that he is on trial for his sister’s murder, and that during each and every interaction they have, he is a complete douchebag.

And my DNF breaking point in this book was when Gracie spent the first night with him, and in the morning, she’s breaking down crying (seriously?) because she can’t decide whether to call Raide in so she can get her bounty, or to spend more time with him. Nu-uh. That’s too much.

I did like Vance’s character though. He seemed like a really great guy and I might be tempted into a sequel if he ends up as the main character.

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Overall: one-star